|The order also revokes all the provisional authorities or certificates of public
convenience granted to ABS-CBN. (Photo by: ABS-CBN)
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] The National Telecommunications Commissions (NTC) has issued an order recalling all the frequencies or channels assigned to ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation, exactly two months after lawmakers denied the network of a fresh franchise.
The commission cited Republic Act No. 3846 or the Radio Control Law, which provides that no one can operate a radio broadcasting station without obtaining a franchise from Congress. Moreover, the NTC also cited Supreme Court’s dismissal of ABS-CBN's petition against the cease and desist order issued by commission, which forced the broadcasting network to go off-air in May.“Consequently, absent a valid legislative franchise, the recall of the frequencies assigned to respondent is warranted,” it added.
The order also revokes all the provisional authorities or certificates of public convenience granted to ABS-CBN.In addition, all the pending applications and petitions filed by ABS-CBN before NTC are also dismissed. Critics believe that the ABS-CBN shutdown is an attack on press freedom since the network has become a subject of ire of President Rodrigo Duterte for its documentation of the administration's controversial war on drugs. The shutdown has led to massive retrenchment of workers, including some veteran journalists.